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Antarctic Peninsula: Island Sky

This voyage features the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula, including the classic sites of historic and scientific interest. Spot penguins, seals and seabirds and admire the spectacular beauty of the Antarctic coastline with its mountains, glaciers and icebergs. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you’ll explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments.

2018-19 Early Booking

Early Booking Discount of US$1500 per person (or equivalent currency) applies for 2018/19 season. To qualify, confirmed bookings must be deposited by 31 December 2017. Note, this incentive only applies to Penthouse, Veranda, Deluxe, Promenade, and Window Suites.

  • Perfect for first time visitors to Antarctica.
  • Witness and explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Be aboard a luxury ice strengthened vessel
  • Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists
  • Witness the abundant wildlife - penguins, elephant seals, whales and more!
  • Day 1, Ushuaia: Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World”. Day 2, Embarkation: Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. Day 3-4, Drake Passage: Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will hold informative and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the evening of Day 4. Day 5-9, Antarctica: The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common. Day 10-11, Drake Passage: We will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. We arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 12. Day 12, Ushuaia disembarkation: Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure. Note: The captain and expedition team will do everything possible to complete the voyage as outlined in the voyage itinerary. However itineraries in polar regions are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. Occasionally conditions and or safety concerns require Itinerary changes. The Captain and expedition team will accordingly make every effort to find the best alternative to the original itinerary while keeping passengers informed and updated.

    Expedition Vessel: M/S Island Sky

    Island Sky

    Island Sky is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests, built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2016. One of the finest small ships in the world, M/S Island Sky is hallmarked by its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie. Now with the addition of more adventurous itineraries, alternative adventure options as well as an on-board Passenger Service Representative, Island Sky is the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration. Is it a luxury ship? An adventure ship? It’s both!

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    Date Selected: 30th Nov 2018


    Adult (1) US$6995
    Sub total US$6995

    Expedition Options

    Name Description Price
    Buenos Aires 4-day stopover (4-star) Buenos Aires, the elegant Capital of Argentina, is one of the largest cities in the world. This great metropolis renowned for its sophistication stands out for being the most cosmopolitan and European city in South America, displayed through its mixed architecture and diverse culture. The Tango ambience can still be felt here, from the outdoor performances in San Telmo or La Boca to the evening shows in glitzy theatres. This 4 day/3 night stopover includes 4-star accommodation with breakfast, return airport transfers, a tour of the city and an evening dinner and Tango show at one of the famed Tango houses. Note: Itinerary can be customised and based on lower or higher-standard hotels on request. *Prices are per person share twin (contact us for single or triple prices) and are subject to change and surcharge for Christmas/New Year. US$510
    Camping in Antarctica (H Sky) US$125
    Kayaking US$695
    Early Booking Offer 2018/19 PL Confirmed 2018-19 season bookings deposited before 31 December 2017 will be eligible for a US$1500 per person discount on Owner’s, Penthouse, Veranda, Deluxe, Promenade, and Window Suites. No incentive is available on Porthole or Triple Suites. US$-1500

    Essential Information

    Deposits - Reservations require a deposit of $1500 per person at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 120 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments - Balances are due 90 days prior to departure. Final payment can be made by calling us (final payment cannot be made online) and may be paid by major credit card, bank transfer or check. Cancellations - All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 90 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of $750 per person. If cancellation occurs less than 90 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms - Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Polar Latitudes and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.

    Included

    • One night hotel accommodations in embarkation city
    • Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
    • Group transfer from ship to airport or central location at disembarkation
    • Shipboard accommodations
    • All scheduled Landings / excursions
    • All meals onboard
    • Coffee/tea/cocoa 24 hours daily
    • Welcome/Farewell cocktail
    • House wine / beer / soft drink with dinner
    • Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
    • A pair of boots for use during the voyage
    • Wifi from the public computers in the library
    • Daily international news service
    • All port fees
    • Digital Voyage Log
    • In Penthouse, Veranda, Deluxe, Single and Promenade categories: champagne and chocolates on arrival, complimentary mini-bar, and $100 Gift Shop certificate

    Excluded

    • Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia or Buenos Aires
    • Arrival transfer from airport to group hotel in Ushuaia or Buenos Aires
    • Pre or post voyage expenses in Ushuaia or Buenos Aires
    • Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
    • Alcohol and soft drinks onboard (except as listed above in inclusions)
    • Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, wi fi from personal devices
    • Staff gratuities